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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

(my) favorite films of 2009

Since everybody else is doing a list- here's mine

25.The Messenger-Oren Moverman- USA -Drama

24.Julie & Julia - Nora Ephron- USA- Comedy/Drama

23.Drag Me to Hell- Sam Raimi - USA- Horror

22.Food, Inc. -Robert Kenner- USA- Documentary

21.The Informant!- Stephen Soderbergh-USA - Comedy-Drama

20.In the Loop-Armando Iannucci-UK- Comedy

19. Sin Nombre-Cary Joji Fukunaga- Mexico- Drama/Crime

18. Coraline - Henry Selick- USA- Animated

17.The Hangover- Todd Phillips - USA- Comedy

16.District 9 -Neill Blomkamp - New Zealand/USA - Sci-Fi/Drama

15.Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) -Pedro Almodóvar- Spain - Drama/Romance

14.Zombieland- Ruben Fleischer-USA- Action/Comedy/Horror

13.(500) Days of Summer-Marc Webb-USA -Romance-Comedy

12.Un prophète-Jacques Audiard-France- Crime/Drama

11.Avatar- James Cameron- USA- Sci-Fi

10.Up in the Air- Jason Reitman-USA -Comedy/Drama

9.An Education- Lone Scherfig -UK- Drama

8.The Lovely Bones - Peter Jackson - New Zealand/USA/UK- Crime/Drama/Fantasy

7.A Serious Man - Ethan Coen& Joel Coen- USA- Comedy/Drama

6.Star Trek-J. J. Abrams- USA- Sci-Fi

5.Precious-Lee Daniels-USA- Drama

4.Invictus - Clint Eastwood- USA - Biography/Drama

3.Up-Pete Docter-USA - Animated

2.Inglourious Basterds-Quentin Tarantino- USA/Germany -War/Drama

1. The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow - USA- Action/War

p.s. Still to see Nine, The Last Station, The White Ribbon, A Single Man, Moon,Adeventureland Crazy Heart and Fantastic Mr. Fox

Thursday, January 7, 2010

best Movies in french of the 21st century

30.Le Pacte des loups(Brotherhood of the Wolf )-2001-Christophe Gans -France

29.Bon Voyage -2003- Jean-Paul Rappeneau- France

28.La graine et le mulet (the Secret of The Grain) -2007-Abdellatif Kechiche- France/Tunisia

27.8 femmes(8 Women) -2002-Francois Ozon-France

26.Maelstrom-2000-Denis Villeneuve -Canada

25.Rachida -2002-Yamina Bachir -Algeria

24.Paris Je T'aime- 2006- Various- France

23.Inch'Allah Dimanche -2001-Yamina Benguigu- Algeria

22.Je rentre à la maison (I'm Going Home)-2001-Manoel de Oliveira- France/Portugal

21.Un long dimanche de fiancailles( A Very Long Engagement) - 2004-Jean-Pierre Jeunet-France/USA

20..Le Fils ( The Son)- 2002-Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne-Belgium

19. De battre mon cœur s'est arrete(The Beat that My Heart Skipped) - 2005-Jacques

18.La Mome (La Vie en Rose)- 2007-Olivier Dahan - France/UK

17.Joyeux Noel-2005-Christian Carion- France

16.Rois et reine ( Kings and Queen) -2004-Arnaud Desplechin -France

15. Le goût des autres( The Taste of Others)- 2000- Agnès Jaoui- France

14.Il y a longtemps que je t'aime(I've Loved You So Long )-2008-Philippe Claudel -France

13.Sous le sable (Under the Sand) -2000-Francois Ozon-France

12.Les Triplettes de Belleville -2003- Sylvain Chomet- France/Canada/Belgium

11. Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) - 2008-Arnaud Desplechin -France

10.Les Invasions barbares ( The Barbarian Invasions) -2003-Denys Arcand- Canada

9. Le voyage du ballon rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon-2008-Hou Hsiao-Hsien -France

8.Le scaphandre et le papillon(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly )- 2007-Julian Schnabel- France/USA

7.Persepolis- 2007-Marjane Satrapi&Vincent Paronnaud- France

6.Indigenes (Days of Glory)- 2006-Rachid Bouchareb- Algeria

5.Etre et avoir (to be & To Have) -2003- Nicolas Philibert-France

4.L'enfant-2005-Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne-Belgium

3.Irreversible-2002- Gaspar Noe- France

2.Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain -2001- Jean-Pierre Jeunet- France

1.Cache-2005-Michael Haneke - France/Austria/Germany

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

best 20th century movies in spanish

19.Nueve reinas (nine Queens) - Fabián Bielinsky - 2000- Argentina

18. Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucia) - Julio Medem - 2001- Spain

17.Plata quemada ( Burnt Money) -Marcelo Pineyro - 2000 - Argentina/Spain/France/Uraguay

16.Kamchatka - Marcelo Pineyro - 2002 - Argentina/Spain

15. Rudo y Cursi (Rude and Vulgar) - Carlos Cuaron -2008 - Mexico

14.Taxi para tres ( A Cab for Three) - Orlando Lubbert-2001 - Chile

13.La niña santa ( The Holy Girl) - Lucrecia Martel - 2004 - Argentina/Spain /Italy

12. Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces) - Pedro Almodovar - 2009- Spain

11.Los Lunes al Sol(Mondays in the Sun ) - Fernando León de Aranoa - 2002-Spain

10.El crimen del padre Amaro (The Crime of Padre Amaro) - Carlos Carrera - 2002- Mexico

9.La Mala Educacion (Bad Education - Pedro Almodovar - 2004- Spain

8. Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) - Alejandro Amenabar- 2004- Spain

7.El Laberinto del Fauno ( Pan's Labryinth) - Guillermo del Toro - 2006- Mexico

6.Volver -Pedro Almodovar - 2006- Spain

5.María llena eres de gracia (Maria Full of Grace) -2004 - Joshua Marston - Columbia/USA

4.Amores perros - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - 2000 - Mexico

3.Diarios de motocicleta ( The Motorcycle Diaries) - Walter Salles - 2004- Argentina/Brazil

2. Hable con ella (Talk to Her) - Pedro Almodovar - 2002- Spain

1.Y tu mama tambien - Alfonso Cuaron- 2001- Mexico

Monday, January 4, 2010

a list about winners of the national book award

The National Book Awards are a set of American literary awards. Started in 1950, the awards are presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year, as well as lifetime achievement awards including the "Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters" and the "Literarian Award" The purpose of the awards is "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.
It's more or lesson the American version of the Booker Prize. This list takes into account the fiction category only.Quick two line summaries as usual.Haven't read any of the winners after 1985, so knowledge of this subject is not as good.

9.The World According to Garp - John Irving- Won in 1980

why read it: A comedy , which is all the more surprising considering the dark elements of the story. Major plot elements and themes center on feminism and sexuality, with large parts of the book itself being reflective of John Irving's early career.

8. The Wapshot Chronicle - John Cheever -won in 1958

why read it: A novel set in a fishing village in the New England coast, which describes the daily life of a somewhat strange family. At times it is humorous but with the humour that comes only when coupled with underlying seriousness.

7. A Fable - William Faulkner - Won in 1955

why read it: More proof that the 1950's produced a lot of quality American Literature. Faulkner himself considered it his masterpiece. A story set during World War I which tries to show the nature of war and the human nature of those who are in it.

6.The Adventures of Augie March -Saul Bellow - Won in 1954

why read it: Another novel about trying to find yourself. Written in the picaresque style generally used for a story of a drifter, the novel is essentially a nod to the American dream-Augie March makes his way up in the world with nothing but luck and skill.
5.The Moviegoer - Walker Percy - Won in 1962

why read it: About post war trauma and alienation. An existentialist novel about searching for someone to relate to while constantly being asked to figure out what exactly you're doing. Anyone who likes quiet alone time should relate to this book, at least a bit.

4.Herzog - Saul Bellow - Won in 1965

why read it: A throw back to the letter style novels of British Literature. The description of a midlife crisis and with the regular Bellow style, the analysis of the emotions that go with it. Much of the novel is focused on his relationships with other people and through the letters (which he never sends), actually his relationship with himself.

3. White Noise - Don DeLillo - won in 1985

why read it: Part a satire on family life with absurdist leanings. Part a look into mortality, fear of death and reality merging (and being replaced) by simulation. A realistic look into the consumerism, conspiracy theories and media frenzies of the 1970's and 1980's.

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison -Won in 1953

why read it: A book about the underdog being invisible. Representative of the struggles faced by Black Americans in the first half of the 20th Century, both in the South and in New York. An inside view on Black Nationalism and also to what extent personal identity can be found.

1. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon - Won in 1974

why read it: Very complicated and probably will take most people multiple readings to sort it all out. There's information from many different specialties, all of it in high detail. More than that the novel breaks boundaries and forces thought to go along channels it wouldn't normally go.